Northwest
Northwest
Fisheries

Federal project to boost Chinook salmon population in Fraser River delta

British Columbia, Canada - $2 million to restore salmon habitat will help feed endangered southern resident killer whales

Northwest
Science

Killer whale watch: Future of declining southern residents at risk

The number of southern residents is now 74 in three pods, whose population has fluctuated from 70 to 99 individuals since 1976.

West Coast
Engineering

Rock cobble beach at North Cove working as planned, so far

Washington - The North Cove shoreline in Pacific County took a beating from high tides and 60 mph wind gusts Dec. 20, but it appears the dynamic revetment — piles of rock cobble used to prevent or slow the erosion of the shoreline — held up well.

Northeast
Advocacy

MA - State gives Great Marsh restoration priority status

NEWBURY — The Trustees of Reservations has been awarded priority project designation status from the state Department of Fish and Game's Division of Ecological Restoration for salt marsh restoration in the Great Marsh. The Great Marsh spans more than 20,000 acres from Cape Ann to the New Hampshire border, but its vast majority has been degraded and placed at-risk by widespread historic ditching.

Northwest
Advocacy

Washington Governor Proposes Dramatic Plan to Save Dying Orca Population

The plan will require $1.1 billion and involve a number of controversial measures

Northwest
Fisheries

US commercial fishermen take their aquaculture concerns to Capitol Hill

Commercial fishermen and their supporters let Congress know where they stand on a bill that would grant NOAA Fisheries the ability to regulate aquaculture operations in federal waters.

Northwest
Energy

As Alaska Warms, The Y-K Delta Heats Up Even Faster

Alaska is warming twice as fast as the rest of the U.S., and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta is seeing the impacts faster than than most of the state.

Northwest
Science

Oregon gets a new playbook for responding to an earthquake

SALEM — Oregon has a new playbook for preparing and responding to a major earthquake that dictates what should be tackled over time versus a list of tasks to get done. The playbook provides a two-week blueprint for the state’s response and expectations for prioritizing Oregon’s recovery from what would be the deadliest natural disaster in the U.S.

Northwest
Science

Ocean fertilization by unusual microbes extends to frigid waters of Arctic Ocean

Nitrogen fixation by marine microbes had been thought limited to warm waters, but an unusual type of nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria appears to be active globally

Northwest
Fisheries

Number of dead, shot sea lions in King and Kitsap counties rises again

The number of dead and confirmed shot sea lions locally has risen -- again. The total now sits at 18, with 12 confirmed shot.

Northwest
Fisheries

Half of Canada's chinook salmon populations in decline: scientists

Half the country’s chinook salmon populations are endangered and most of the rest are in decline, according to a science committee that monitors the health of wildlife populations.

Northwest
Engineering

'Washaway Beach,' fastest-eroding place on the West Coast, cobbles together a solution

A barrier of small rocks and driftwood could hold the key to saving a coastal community and cranberry farms.

Northwest
Tourism

Canadian beach named one of the 50 best in the world

Whoever said Canada doesn’t have world-renowned beaches (we’re looking at you, Australians), has clearly never been to Long Beach.

Northwest
Advocacy

Center for Biological Diversity Sues EPA for Pollution That Acidifies Ocean

PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) – Environmentalists sued the Trump administration Tuesday, claiming it refused to enforce the Clean Water Act to stop ocean acidification – which strips shellfish and coral of calcium and has caused billions of oysters to die in Oregon’s coastal waters.

Northwest
Fisheries

For endangered Orcas, it's the Hunger Games

For the past few years, Idaho’s Snake River salmon and Puget Sound orcas have become linked in the decades-long battle over the fate of the four lower Snake River Dams and whether they should be removed to save the fish.

Northwest
Federal

Department of Natural Resources requests $90 million for orca, salmon habitat

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources: Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz announced on Nov. 19, a nearly $90 million package of aquatic habitat protections and improvements to be carried out by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

Northwest
Engineering

DREDGING: Depoe Bay to get nearly $900,000 - Read the full story now

The much needed dredging for the Depoe Bay Harbor will likely soon become a reality. Depoe Bay has been allocated nearly $900,000 for the project.

Northwest
Energy

For Orcas, Task Force recommends dam removal study

A state task force has released recommendations on how to increase the population of Southern Resident killer whales, including further study of removing the four lower Snake River dams.

Northwest
Federal

Senate approves exemption for trawler marooned by too much foreign steel

A $75 million fishing vessel, marooned in a Washington state shipyard because it was built with too much foreign steel, would be allowed to work in U.S. waters under a waiver to federal maritime law approved by the U.S. Senate.

Northwest
Federal

NOAA commends work of Washington State's Killer Whale Task Force

NOAA Fisheries commends Governor Inslee for convening the Task Force on Southern Resident Killer Whales and the Task Force co-chairs, members, and working groups for crafting a broad package of recovery recommendations for this signature Washington species.

Northwest
Energy

U.S. To Assess Holding Oil, Gas Lease Sale In Offshore Arctic

The U.S. Department of the Interior said on Thursday that it intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a potential 2019 oil and gas lease sale in the Beaufort Sea in federal Arctic waters.

Northwest
Energy

US oil firm's bid to drill for oil in Arctic hits snag: a lack of sea ice

Plans to establish the first oil drilling operation in US Arctic waters have hit an ironic snag – a lack of sea ice caused by rapid warming in the region.

Northwest
Local

Shoreline plans in final stages for county, Ocean Shores

Public comment is being sought through Dec. 3 on what are being called “significant revisions that Grays Harbor County is seeking to make” to its Shoreline Master Program (SMP) — similar to the updated review process now being completed by the city of Ocean Shores and approved by the state Department of Ecology.

Northwest
Engineering

Ocean Shores to make formal application for tsunami-safe structure

Ocean Shores, Washington plans to apply for federal funding by Nov. 30 — with the backing of the state — to build the city’s first vertical-evacuation structure designed to save lives in the event of event of a coastal tsunami.

Northwest
Fisheries

Oregon gets OK to kill sea lions at Willamette Falls

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon wildlife managers on Thursday received federal approval to trap and kill California sea lions that eat protected fish. The National Marine Fisheries Service approved the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's request to trap and euthanize up to 93 animals a year on the lower Willamette River.

Northwest
Energy

Study: Kalama methanol project would help fight climate change but disputes continue

KALAMA — A new study of the proposed $2 billion methanol refinery draws a surprising conclusion: From a global climate change perspective, it’s better to build the plant than not to build it.

Northwest
Energy

Orca survival may be impossible without Lower Snake River dam removal, scientists say

Southern resident orcas that frequent Puget Sound may not survive without breaching the Lower Snake River dams to help the salmon the orcas live on, scientists say.

Northwest
Fisheries

Fisheries minister meets with stakeholders to discuss right whale protections

Some fishermen in the region said the so-called dynamic and static closures were heavy-handed and unnecessary.

Northwest
Science

‘State of the Coast’ conference set for Oct. 27 in Coos Bay

Registration has opened for Oregon Sea Grant's annual State of the Coast conference, which will be held Oct. 27 in Coos Bay.

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